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SEC ALJ Slams Bebo; Summarily Denies ConLaw Challenge

Laurie Bebo, CEO of Assisted Living Concepts, initially got some sympathetic words from the U.S. District Judge who felt constrained to turn away her constitutional challenge to the SEC’s administrative forum: The Court...more

Battle Over SEC’s Admin Forum Moves to 11th Circuit

The battle over the constitutionality of the SEC’s administrative forum now moves to the U.S. Eleventh Circuit. The appellate court issued an order Wednesday, denying the SEC’s bid to upset the trial court’s preliminary...more

D.C. Circuit Court “Tunes In” To SEC Administrative Court Debate

On September 29, 2015, the D.C. Circuit, the second federal appellate court to recently weigh in on the ongoing debate over SEC administrative actions, ruled in favor of the SEC in Jarkesy v. SEC, holding that federal courts...more

D.C. Circuit Repulses Assault on the SEC’s Administrative Citadel

The citadel of the SEC’s administrative forum has been under assault from several vectors over the past year or so, as a chorus of dissenting Respondents have mounted increasing challenges to its constitutional legitimacy, as...more

SEC Holds Its Admin Forum Isn’t Unconstitutional (!)

The SEC recently – and predictably – rejected a Respondents’ arguments challenging the constitutionality of the agency’s administrative forum. The September 17 Timbervest decision was the first of the constitutional...more

SEC Administrative Law Judge Appointments Held Likely Unconstitutional

Defendants in SEC administrative enforcement proceedings have increasingly been going to federal court to challenge the SEC’s stepped-up use of its "in-house" tribunal. While the early results were not promising, more recent...more

Tweaking the “Home Court” Rules for SEC Administrative Proceedings

SEC proposes modest amendments to AP process to enhance efficiency and address concerns regarding fairness. In an effort to enhance the efficiency of its processes in administrative proceedings (APs) and bolster its...more

SEC Again Rejects Constitutional Challenges to Administrative Enforcement Proceedings

The Securities and Exchange Commission again rejected constitutional challenges to the use of administrative enforcement proceedings presided over by Administrative Law Judges (“ALJs”). The Commission’s September 17, 2015...more

SEC Must Stop 2 Admin Cases Pending 2nd Circuit Constitutionality Decision

Two rulings last week ordered the SEC to stop administrative proceedings in two cases, pending the Second Circuit’s ruling on the constitutionality of its administrative forum. The Second Circuit stayed the SEC’s prosecution...more

Second Circuit Stays SEC Administrative Proceeding

Defendants continue to pound nails into what may be to be the SEC’s coffin that its administrative proceedings are unconstitutional. If the genie is out of the bottle it’s hard to tell what the far reaching implications...more

SEC ALJ Dismisses Case: Inside-Info Trades, But No Tipper Benefit

An SEC administrative law judge (“ALJ”) found that former Wells Fargo trader Joseph Ruggieri traded on material nonpublic information tipped him by former analyst Greg Bolan, but dismissed the insider-trading charges against...more

Having the Last Word on the Last Word: SEC Says Its ALJs are “Mere Employees”

In what will surely not be the last word on this continuing controversy, on September 3, 2015, a majority of the members of the Securities and Exchange Commission held that the appointment process for the Commission’s...more

SEC Rejects Constitutional Challenge to Administrative Proceeding

The Securities and Exchange Commission joined the raging debate about whether SEC administrative proceedings conducted by administrative law judges (“ALJs”) are unconstitutional if the ALJs have not been appointed in...more

Seventh Circuit Rejects Court Challenge to Pending SEC Administrative Enforcement Proceeding

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held yesterday that federal District Courts do not have subject-matter jurisdiction to entertain challenges to ongoing SEC administrative enforcement proceedings where the...more

Judge Berman Deflates SEC’s ALJ Appointment Process

United States District Court Judge Richard M. Berman of the Southern District of New York has been making headlines in recent weeks as he presides over the highly publicized case between the National Football League (“NFL”)...more

Federal Court Deflates, For Now, SEC’s Efforts to Proceed Before Its In-house Courts

A federal judge in Manhattan recently granted a preliminary injunction against the Securities and Exchange Commission in the latest of a series of rulings raising issues with the SEC’s use of in-house proceedings before its...more

SDNY Judge Berman Enjoins SEC Administrative Proceeding as "Likely Unconstitutional"

In recent years, taking advantage of expanded jurisdictional provisions in Dodd-Frank, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has brought an increasing number of enforcement actions, including complex matters with...more

New York District Court Preliminarily Enjoins SEC Administrative Proceeding

We blogged last week about a New York federal court’s decision in Duka v. SEC conditionally sustaining a facial challenge to an administrative enforcement proceeding conducted by Administrative Law Judges (“ALJs”) of the...more

SDNY Enjoins SEC Administrative Proceeding

In Duka v. SEC, the District Court for the Southern District of New York entered a preliminary injunction to enjoin an SEC administrative proceeding because the proceeding is “likely unconstitutional.” The court gave the same...more

Is the SEC’s Home Court Advantage Coming to an End?

Defendants hauled before the Securities and Exchange Commission’s administrative judges have long-suspected that the SEC enjoys a home-court advantage. An analysis by the Wall Street Journal found that, in the last five...more

New York District Court Appears to Sustain Attack on SEC Administrative Proceedings

A federal District Judge in the Southern District of New York appears to have conditionally sustained a facial challenge to an administrative enforcement proceeding conducted by Administrative Law Judges (“ALJs”) of the...more

CFPB seeks to hire administrative law judge

The CFPB recently posted a job opening for an administrative law judge (ALJ). According to the government jobs website, the position is closed which suggests that it has been filled. A recent Politico article indicated that...more

One Step Forward and One Step Back: Southern District of New York Denies Motion to Enjoin SEC’s Administrative Proceedings,...

Last week, the SEC scored a victory in its battle to defend the use of administrative proceedings in enforcement actions seeking penalties against unregulated entities or persons. On June 30, 2015, Southern District of New...more

SEC Enforcement Defendants Descend on Georgia for Judicial Relief from the SEC’s Allegedly Unconstitutional In-House Tribunal

It is often hot in Georgia this time of year. In one particular Georgia federal court, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been feeling some of that heat on an issue of significant interest to subjects of...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission chose to appeal the decision in Hill v. SEC in which the Court held that the manner in which SEC Administrative Law Judges are retained violates the Appointment Clause of the Constitution. While the Court...more

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